What Are Printables? Using Canva.

Hi guys… I haven’t painted in a while because i’ve been busy designing and organising my e-course that I mentioned. I launched it this weekend….😖😫😫….it was reallllly difficult…..not developing the course itself, that was fun but there are many parts to a course, then comes all the exercises that go along with each lesson so the participant does an activity that will help them get clarity and link all the parts they’re doing.

What was also very difficult was understanding how to set it up as an automation on Mailchimp. I developed it on Teachable, which I must say was easy. I really like the platform, even though there were some aspects that were a bit confusing. One Such aspect was, once the course was completed how do you post it on your site? How do you link it so that people get into it? But you know me, when I start or get into something new I get distracted away from EVERYTHING even my normal watercolour painting. I get carried away with the new thing in town, which brings me back to what I really wanted to talk about today and that is what has been the latest distraction? PRINTABLES and E-courses, but i’m talking about the PRINTABLES in this post….yes people I am into printables now.

First of all they are sooooo much fun to create in Canva and I am trying to build my site and I read that this is the way to go. I started with planners then moved to wall art then posters. Yes….as usual I get a bit carried away. But as with everything I do I learned that I enjoy creating anything artistic and printables fall in there somewhere. So what are Printables? They are for digitally created decorative pages that you can download then print yourself or get printed at a printers. They can be created to be printed on normal letter size pages which are normally 8.5insX11ins.or they can be poster size which you will have to send to your printers to print.

This means when you buy it you can download it onto your computer then print as many as you want on your printer. They can be Wall Art with quotes that you print then place in an inexpensive frame or they can be Calendar pages nicely decorated that you print from your printer and you use them to do all your planning of your activities. 

The planners can also have sheets already laid out to make scheduling easy. You can get printable grocery lists that you can print a few so that every time you go to the grocery instead of trying to remember what you have to buy, you tick off on your printable grocery list, keep it in your car or purse so when you do arrive at the grocery you have your list and you can keep it for the next grocery store visit or do a new list. 

There are printable To Do Lists, Grocery Lists, Budget Sheets, Wedding Planning Sheets, Journals, Games and much more. I have to say that since I created my printables only one person has taken my freebie planner : ( but I hope they liked it. I will create some more freebie planners as the Planners that take a lot more effort to create I charge 2-3 dollars.

You can create these printables easily on Canva or Picmonkey. I haven’t tried pic monkey as there is a fee but Canva is free unless you want to do more complex designs, which I don’t need. Sign up for Canva and you can pick the size or dimensions of the item you want to create from the button on the top right side of the site (custom dimensions). The choices are inches, pixels  centimetres etc. Stick to inches. Or in the middle of the site they show you examples of different items, like cards, posters, etc and you simply hover your cursor over one and it shows the size. Once you’ve inputted the size then a blank version based on that size appears and there are sample items with designs to choose from on the left side of the page. Easy peasy. See the pics below: 

1. Using Canva by gafra.org. This is what the site looks like
2. Using Canva by gafra.org. Click on the custom dimensions button to input the size of the printable or hover over the samples below to see if any has the size you want or simply choose a type of document.
3. Using Canva by gafra.or. Here after inputting your size a blank version pops up. Now to start designing.
4. Using Canva by gafra.org. Here you can change the text by choosing the font from the samples on the left.
5. Using Canva by gafra.org. On the left type in flowers in the search area and place different flower designs on your printable.
6. Using Canva by gafra.org to create printables. You can choose the design or look from the samples o the left.
7. Using Canva by gafra.org. You can change the colours of the document, flowers text etc via the drop down colour palette.
8. Using Canva by gafra.org. Once your printable looks the way you want it, time to download, simply click on publish or the download arrow
9. Using Canva by gafra.org. You now have to decide if you want it as an image (jpeg) or a printable (PDF). We want printable so PDF is your choice.
10. Using Canva by gafra.org. Canva even suggests which download to choose for best quality.
So I hope my Pic lesson on Canva was fairly good enough to help you understand Canva at least a little. Go try creating your own PRINTABLES and if not , then let me know what type of printables you would like me to create for you and I would love to. Email me at gfrancistt@gmail.com or leave a comment down below.

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